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Dutch and former Liverpool forward, Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement from football, just 3 days after ensuring his hattrick wins Feyennord their Eredivisie title since 1999.

The 36 year old who spent six seasons at the Merseyside between 2006 and 2012 scored three times as Feyennord won 3-1 against Heracles to claim the Eredivisie title ahead of Ajax on Sunday.

Kuyt joined Feyennord for his second spell in 2015 after spending three years at Fernabache in Turkey. Kuyt told Feyennord’s official website: “Throughout my career, I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too”.

” To me this feels like the right time to retire”. I have had two fantastic seasons here since joining the club with this season’s title as the absolute pinnacle”.

“I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyennord. All my dreams have come true”.

Kuyt also played 104 games for his country Netherlands and spent 19 seasons playing football. He will now take a role with Feyennord’s Management team with technical director, Martin Van Geel acting as his mentor.

Technical director, Van Geel was all praise for Kuyt as he said ” We are unbelievably grateful to Dirk for what he has meant to Feyennord for the last two years”.

“He has added a huge deal with his attitude, professionalism and passion. In the dressing room, on the pitch and beyond. So we are delighted to be able to retain someone with his experience and attitude at the club. I will tutor Dirk and I could easily imagine him taking over from me in due course”. congratulated Dirk Kuyt and wish him well as he retires and take up a new role

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